After The Tipping Point, I was a big fan of Malcolm Gladwell, and continued to be so through Blink and Outliers. Then I started hearing some of the stories about how his conclusions were corresponding closely to corporate interests he was getting big money from. And when big banks’ reputations were hurting most from the financial crisis, he straight up shilled for Bank of America to attract loans from small business owners. And then the Ask a Korean! blog demonstrated that he just plain cooked the data supporting his argument in Outliers that Korean culture was to blame for Korean airline crashes.
It’s over, Malcolm. It’s not me, it’s you.